Thursday, November 30, 2023

Feudo Arancio 2022 Inzolia

Inzolia is a white wine grape that originates from Sicily and is sometimes also known as ansonica in Tuscany. Feudo Arancio "Orange Farm" is a Sicilian label that is part of the Trentino-based Mezzacorona group that is known for offering excellent value. Night harvesting and cool fermentation play key roles in producing a white wine that is perfect for affordable summer enjoyment with lashings of fresh stone fruit flavours, minerality and dryness on the finish, along with just a hint of varietal nuttiness. Very fresh and full of palate drive, you could happily pair this with Christmas seafood dishes. Imported by Single Vineyard Sellers. $20. 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Turkey Flat 2023 Rosé

For as long as I can remember, this has been one of Australia's best-value rosé wines; a perennial favourite and a quintessential summer source of vinous refreshment. This is a Barossa grenache rosé, with a splash of mataro, and it is very light on its feet and a perfect picnic wine with fresh aromatics and lively fruit flavours. It is crisp and dry with lashings of berry notes, hints of spice and bright acid. Drink this one in its youth, and enjoy it well chilled. An ideal aperitif given its youthful verve and great with Lebanese food. Can often be found on special, too. $25.    

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Crittenden 2021 Kangerong Chardonnay


Rollo Crittenden is making some very fine wines on the Mornington Peninsula. I had decided to review his complex and intense 2021 The Zumma Chardonnay ($65) - a very impressive drop - but a few days later I tried the 2021 Kangerong Chardonnay and was even more impressed. First, let me warn you: this is a wine with a serious evaporation problem. I was certain I had only had a couple of sips, but the bottle was two-thirds empty. The fruit comes from the family farm and this is just a little bit more accessible than The Zumma - and a tad more affordable. There are citrus and white stone fruit characters on both the nose and palate with some appealing minerality and bright acid. Lovely stuff - and it would be great with a Christmas turkey. $55.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Elderton 2020 Command Single Vineyard Shiraz


There are times when you need a big, bold, serious Barossa shiraz. This is that beast; a signature Barossa wine that is all about intense concentration and depth of flavour. Old fashioned values, perhaps, but this wine is also nicely poised with all its elements in the right places. Quality fruit has been matured in new French and American oak, going through malo and cellar maturation prior to release. This has power, for sure, but also the structure to cellar for decades should that be your preference. Right now there are "look at me" plum and spicy notes, and it would pair with a steak and kidney casserole. An excellent gift from a reliably excellent producer for a lover of old school wines with a modern twist. $140.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

South Point Estate 2023 Sauvignon Blanc

Party season is right around the corner - and if you are looking for a decent drink at a ludicrously low price then this one is well worth checking out. Few wine styles say "summer fun" like a chilled  sauvignon blanc - and this one delivers fresh, lively varietal flavours (think tropical fruit salad and citrus) with zingy acidity. Be aware there is actually no place called South Point, and no South Point Estate vineyard - the fruit source is described as "South Eastern Australia - but this is a wine produced for the Aldi supermarket chain that is ideal for enjoying with everything from canapes to fish and chips. It is clean, crisp and fun - and absurdly priced at $4.99. How they do it for that price, I have no idea, but you should snap some up quickly.